I'm looking to get our first tandem. I'm reading and lurking all I can. We've rented old Burleys on vacation which is the extent my 'test' riding. We would be a 395lb team and would be riding in Bergen County/ Southern NY State to start. Also, we're in our 50's. I am an experienced road and mtn bike rider, so I have some single knowledge and build my own bikes from the frame up, so I have wrenching abilities. But the stoker will be a casual rider, at best. Also I plan on including my 14 year old daughter, who can benefit from riding with her slight physical disabilities (balance/strength).
At this weight I'm a bit concerned about getting the right braking system. While we don't have mountains per se in this area, there are enough long downhills that we certainly hit the upper 40's on road bikes. BTW, I'm usually on the brakes b/c I'm not comfortable with anything near that.
I would rather buy up b/c I know based on my single experience, that its just a matter of time before I'll want to upgrade/improve components.
I think I'd like to go with a more upright straight bar with a 26" wheel than a 700. I could then have a good range of tires to fit the terrain and length of ride. Or?
But anyway, back to the original question........any shops in this area? I see Mt Airy in Md but that is a drive for us. Any other suggestions? We need to ride a few.